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How marijuana entrepreneurs can outsmart black-market competitors

Whether you’re operating in a newly medical or recreational marijuana market, illicit cannabis sales are an ever-present threat to the legal industry.

Marijuana entrepreneurs can’t control how the black market operates, but there are ways to encourage customers to instead buy from a licensed, regulated business.

Put simply, it requires going above and beyond what black-market operators can offer by way of service and prod

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‘Virtually all’ alcohol firms eyeing cannabis: Q&A with ex-Coors exec & new Sundial CEO

Alcohol companies should be watching their backs. That’s the warning from Torsten Kuenzlen, a former executive for The Coca-Cola Co. and Molson Coors. In his opinion, legal?cannabis has an obvious competitive advantage over alcohol products. “All alcohol is consumed only as a liquid. Cannabis meets more consumer needs and motivations in the way that it’s […]

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Week in Review: CBD in gas stations, AG Sessions hints status quo for cannabis & Arkansas hits MMJ snag

A cannabis company plans to offer low-dose CBD products at convenience stores, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal attorneys have bigger concerns than “routine” marijuana cases, and an Arkansas judge blocks regulators from issuing MMJ business licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Fill […]

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Nevada’s marijuana supply holds steady, with wholesale prices higher than other rec markets

Nevada’s recreational marijuana supplies are plentiful but not overly abundant, keeping wholesale cannabis prices on the high side compared to other adult-use markets. Business owners in the Silver State don’t expect wholesale prices to remain steep for much longer, however. Growers are continuing to build out their cultivation facilities and improve their growing methods, pumping […]

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Weedmaps counters California’s order to quit assisting unlicensed cannabis companies

Weedmaps apparently doesn’t plan to drop its listings for unlicensed California marijuana businesses any time soon. In a letter sent Monday to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, the online marijuana advertising giant wrote that it is “not a Licensee subject to the Bureau’s purview.” The letter – signed by Weedmaps CEO Doug Francis and […]

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US marijuana heavyweights Helix TCS, BioTrackTHC agree to merge

Colorado-based Helix TCS,?a publicly traded ancillary marijuana company, said it?signed a merger agreement with BioTrackTHC, a Florida-based seed-to-sale cannabis tracking software company.

The deal’s price tag wasn’t disclosed.

According to an 8-K filing,?BioTrackTHC stakeholders will own 48% of Helix TCS once the merger is finalized.

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Week in Review: Smokable flower in PA, MJ air transport in Alaska & CBD setback in Idaho

Pennsylvania ponders allowing smokable flower to combat a medical marijuana supply shortage, police in Juneau, Alaska, green light transporting cannabis on commercial airlines, and Idaho lawmakers shelve a CBD bill. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Slim pickings in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program hit […]

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California orders Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed marijuana businesses

The honeymoon is over for Weedmaps and California’s gray-market marijuana businesses. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control sent a cease-and-desist letter?last month to Irvine-based Ghost Management Group, the owner of popular marijuana dispensary finder Weedmaps.com, ordering the company to stop advertising unlicensed operators or face unspecified “criminal and administrative penalties.” Sacramento authorities recently sent their […]

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‘This is not a social network’: Q&A with new Women Grow chair Chanda Macias

As owner of the National Holistic Healing Center, a Washington DC dispensary that serves roughly 2,000 patients, Chanda Macias has found success pairing scientific and medical expertise with corporate experience. She hopes to use that same formula to help turn around Women Grow, the once high-flying cannabis professionals group that more recently has experienced the?closure […]

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